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The Women in Business Awards celebrate, reward and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of the most successful, entrepreneurial and inspiring business women throughout Northern Ireland.  Now in their 9th year, the Women in Business Awards allow all sectors and industries to come together for an evening of celebration to recognise the best of home-grown talent and the valuable contribution that women make to the economic life of Northern Ireland.  

 

This year’s Awards will be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza, Belfast on Thursday 7th November. Guaranteed to be our biggest celebration to date, the Women in Business Awards celebrate, acknowledge and reward the hard work and achievements of some of Northern Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs, business owners, senior managers and leaders.

 
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Nominate yourself, a friend or a colleague today!

Now a firm fixture in the Northern Ireland business calendar, recognition as an award finalist and winner holds great prestige.  Finalists and winners benefit from increased media coverage and profiling, offering unique business opportunities that can help you drive your business forward.  All finalists will join the Women in Business Award Finalist Alumnae – a group specially created to offer all finalists since 2011 the opportunity to network and engage with like-minded business women and to stimulate opportunity for both personal and professional development.

All 2019 finalists will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive Finalist Retreat where they will come together to be inspired by a range of speakers and network with their peers in a unique environment.  More details will be unveiled in the coming months!

To enter online please complete the application form below.  Tickets are now available and early booking is highly recommended for this sell-out event!

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The Women in Business Awards cover a wide scope of categories, allowing you to highlight a particular area of your business that is performing in an exceptional way!  

 

Please note that some of the award categories will have two levels.  These awards are clearly marked below whereby one winner will be a corporate employee and one from a small business. Please note corporate entries must have a minimum of 60 employees.

 

Categories are listed below, and criteria listed within each application form.

 

 

Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace

sponsored by Queen's University Belfast - Management School

 

This award recognises a business and / or an individual who has championed diversity within the workplace and can demonstrate the benefits of this.

 

Award for Best Customer Service

sponsored by RSA Insurance

(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)

 

This award goes to a businesswoman that can demonstrate she truly has the customer at the heart of her business. 

Award for Best Exporter 

sponsored by The Irish News

 

This award goes to the businesswoman that can evidence high levels of export turnover and has a continued export growth plan.

 

Award for Best in Professional Services

(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)

 

This award goes to the businesswoman who consistently exceeds the requirements of internal and external customers.  

 

Award for Best Marketing Campaign

sponsored by Kaizen Print

(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)

 

This award goes to the businesswoman who can demonstrate how they implemented a successful marketing campaign within the last year which has had positive results and outcomes for their business.

 

Award for Best New Start Up

 

This award goes to an outstanding new start up demonstrating high levels of innovation service and profit.

 

Award for Best Small Business 

sponsored by Danske Bank

 

This award recognises an outstanding female led small business based in Northern Ireland which demonstrates a high level of service, is profitable and is innovative in its thinking.

 

Award for Outstanding Innovation 

sponsored by First Trust Bank

(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)

 

This award goes to an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in business.  

 

Award for Excellence in IT 

sponsored by Citi

 

This award goes to a business and/or individual who can demonstrate the most successful and innovative use of IT within their business.

 

Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership

sponsored by Fleet Financial

 

This award goes to the manager / leader who has demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership in business.

 

Award for Young Business Woman of the Year

sponsored by Ulster Bank

 

This award recognises the outstanding work of young business women in Northern Ireland in any aspect of business activity.

 

Thank you to our important sponsors:

 

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Closing Date for Award Submissions:

Please complete and return applications by no later than 12 noon on Monday 30th September 2019 to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com

 

Judging of Applications:

Judging of Applications will take place on Friday 4th October.

 

Finalists Announced:

Finalists will be announced exclusively in The Irish News on Tuesday 8th October.

 

Finalists Retreat:

The Finalists Retreat is scheduled to take place on Monday 21st October.

 

Awards Gala:

The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday 7th November 2019 (all finalists must be available on this date).

 

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Nominate yourself, a friend or colleague today for a Women in Business Award.

Recognition as a finalist and winner of an award holds great prestige and has many benefits, including increased media coverage and profiling. Finalists will also join the Awards Finalists Alumnae which is a group created to stimulate opportunities for business and personal development amongst like-minded individuals.

 

Please download, complete and return applications via email by no later than 12 noon on Monday 30th September to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com

 

Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace

sponsored by Queen's University Belfast - Management School

 

This award recognises a business and / or an individual who has championed diversity within the workplace and can demonstrate the benefits of this.

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Best Customer Service

sponsored by RSA Insurance

(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)

 

This award goes to a businesswoman that can demonstrate she truly has the customer at the heart of her business. 

Click here to enter this award

Award for Best Exporter 

sponsored by The Irish News

 

This award goes to the businesswoman that can evidence high levels of export turnover and has a continued export growth plan.

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Best in Professional Services

(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)

 

This award goes to the businesswoman who consistently exceeds the requirements of internal and external customers.  

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Best Marketing Campaign

sponsored by Kaizen Print

(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)

 

This award goes to the businesswoman who can demonstrate how they implemented a successful marketing campaign within the last year which has had positive results and outcomes for their business.

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Best New Start Up

 

This award goes to an outstanding new start up demonstrating high levels of innovation service and profit.

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Best Small Business 

sponsored by Danske Bank

 

This award recognises an outstanding female led small business based in Northern Ireland which demonstrates a high level of service, is profitable and is innovative in its thinking.

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Outstanding Innovation 

sponsored by First Trust Bank

(There is an individual and corporate level within this category)

 

This award goes to an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in business.  

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Excellence in IT 

sponsored by Citi

 

This award goes to a business and/or individual who can demonstrate the most successful and innovative use of IT within their business

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Outstanding Management and Leadership

sponsored by Fleet Financial

 

This award goes to the manager / leader who has demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership in business.

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Award for Young Business Woman of the Year

sponsored by Ulster Bank

 

This award recognises the outstanding work of young business women in Northern Ireland in any aspect of business activity.

 

Click here to enter this award

 

Thank you to our important sponsors:

 

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More information on this year’s awards keynote speaker will be announced in due course.

The winners of the Women in Business Awards 2018 were:

 

Business Woman of the Year 2018

 

·         Elaine Birchall, CEO SHS Group

 

 

Award for Advancing Diversity in the Workplace

 

      Corporate Winner

  • Allstate Northern Ireland

      Individual Winner

  • Vicky Davies – Danske Bank UK

 

Award for Best Customer Service

 

       Corporate Winner

  • Noreen Courtney – Bombardier, Belfast

       Small Business Winner

  • Claire Stewart - Cartmill Stewart & Co Chartered Accountants

 

Award for Best in Professional Services

 

        Corporate Winner

  • Tracey Schofield – A&L Goodbody

         Small Business Winner

  • Aideen Duggan – Keenan Healthcare

 

Winner for Best Marketing Campaign

  • Olga Lynch – The Transfer Tutor (Online Quizzes)

 

Winner for Best New Start Up

  • Katie Matthews – Excel In Education Tutoring School Ltd

 

Winner for Best Small Business

  • Claire Hunter - Marine Hotel Ballycastle

 

Winner for Outstanding Innovation

  • Cara Macklin - Macklin Care Homes & Malone Lodge Hotel

 

Winner for Excellence in IT

  • Adrienne Hanna - Right Revenue Ltd.

 

Winner for Outstanding Management and Leadership

  • Maeve Monaghan - NOW Group

 

Winner for Young Business Woman of the Year

  • Deirdre Lynch - Vector Improvements Ltd.

 

Make sure you enter the Women in Business Awards 2019 to join the Women in Business Award Finalist Alumnae – a group specially created to offer all finalists since 2011 the opportunity to network and engage with like-minded business women and to stimulate opportunity for both personal and professional development.

 

To celebrate the success of the award finalists, all finalists will be invited to attend the Finalists’ Retreat that will take place at Virgin Media Television, Dublin on Monday 21st October.  We have organised a luxury coach that will be transporting finalists to Dublin.  The fully complimentary retreat will include fantastic workshops at the Virgin Media Television Studios and also provide great networking opportunities.

Full information on this year’s Finalists’ Retreat will be announced in early October.

Below is a video and photos from the Finalists’ Retreat in 2018.

 
 
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Click on the video below to see all the action from the Women in Business Awards 2018:

1. Entrants must be based or have their chief operations in Northern Ireland.
 
2. Please ensure nominees are available on Thursday 7th November 2019 for the Awards Ceremony.
 
3. An application form will need to be completed for each entrant. The information provided will be disclosed only to the judges. Do not send any other documents /supporting materials as these will not be accepted.
 
4. There will be one winner per category (unless otherwise stated) and one recipient of the Women in Business Business Woman of the Year Award.
 
5. There will be two levels per category for the following four categories– Best Customer Service, Best in Professional Services, Best Marketing Campaign and Award for Outstanding Innovation – one winner a corporate employee, the other from a small business.
 
6. Corporate entries must have a minimum of 60 employees employed within their organisation.
 
7. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the judging. All decisions regarding the judging process are made by our judging panel.
 
8. Details provided in the application form will potentially be used, with approval, for press releases and web content if the nominee is placed as a finalist or winner, so please ensure it is factually correct - we will not be liable for inaccuracies published based on nomination content and changes may not be possible after publication.
 
9. Applications that do not meet the entry criteria will not be accepted.
 
10. Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.
 
11. Entrants can apply for more than one category but must submit a full application each time i.e. one category per application.
 
12. Please complete and return applications by no later than 12 noon on Monday 30th September 2019 to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com